12 of Our Most Luxurious Escapes | Treat Yourself
Posted by Casey Warrener on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Do you have a Pinterest page dedicated to swanky loft apartments, palatial beach houses and mountain chalets decked out in fur throws? Do you watch Grand Designs religiously and make mental wish lists for your home? If you answered 'yes' to either of these questions, you’re in for a treat. And even if not, you’re still going to want to check this out. We’ve gathered 12 of the most extravagant holiday homes in the country, each overflowing with high-end comforts and refined style. This luxurious accommodation will please even the pickiest of aesthetes. You may not have your dream home yet, but you can indulge in an ultra lavish getaway to one of these stunners. Go on, splash out – you’ve earned it.
French-provincial luxury in spa country, VIC
A sojourn to Daylesford is all about indulgence: dining at fine restaurants, enjoying pampering, browsing for antiques and walking peaceful country trails. Framed by a garden of roses, Lake Daylesford Country House is a restored 19th century villa that exudes period glamour. There are four rooms, each individually decorated in royal reds, soft pastels and gold. The best part? A grand rooftop terrace with panoramic views over the lake. You’ll feel on top of the world here (literally). The patio is the perfect spot to enjoy pitchers of cocktails, perhaps mixing garden lounging with games of boules.
Million dollar views, fine dining and high-tech fun in Hobart, TAS
Hobart shows up on destination hotlists year-after-year for its natural beauty, historic architecture, excellent food and drink. And where better to indulge in this than from the rooftop of a heritage hotel, at the exclusive Lenna Penthouses. Here you’re perched high above the city looking across the sparkling harbour to Mount Wellington. Besides the breathtaking view and wraparound balcony to enjoy it from, these suites offer plush spots to lounge and an array of high-tech gadgets to entertain (i.e. remote-controlled blinds so you can sleep-in after a night of sipping vintage champagne at the Chandelier Lounge). A kitchen is at your disposal, but with an incredible room service menu, it may remain as pristine as when you arrived.
A luxurious beach house in Byron Bay, NSW
Nestled in rainforest south of the Byron Bay Lighthouse you’ll find Barefoot at Broken Heads. Surrounded by lush greenery and with the ocean at your doorstep, this is pretty much the perfect luxury beach house. Five bedrooms are housed in separate Balinese-style buildings connected by walkways and decks, so you can retreat to relax whenever you wish. While only five-minutes from Byron’s hub, this home feels completely secluded. There’s a pathway leading from the house to a world-class right-hand break, and you’re nearby two of the most deserted and beautiful beaches in the area – Bray and Kings. When you’re ready to rinse off the saltwater and sand, you can plunge into the infinity edge basin that flows into a lap pool.
Old-world class by the South Esk River, TAS
Just 15-minutes from Launceston alongside the tranquil South Esk River is The Stone House. One of the most lavish country houses around, this elegant escape has a British aristocracy vibe. Think garden teas and pool parties on an immaculate rose-filled estate. A grand heritage-listed Georgian dating back to 1825 with rubble and bluestone walls, beyond which you will find opulent interiors decked out in marble and antiques. With a formal dining room, sitting room, kitchen complete with French cooker and black granite benches, and a glass-walled conservatory that opens to the swimming pool and spa, this really is a retreat for those who enjoy the finer things.
For glam ocean views in Noosa, QLD
The name here says it all, really. The name here says it all, really. Noosa Holiday House is a sparkling white bolthole, complete with postcard-worth ocean vistas. Inside, the house is dressed with modern and Indigenous artworks, and every room overlooks Castaways Beach. To make the most of those views, make for the sheltered entertainment deck – with a sundowner in hand, naturally. The pool is solar-heated, so is perfect for those who find the ocean too chilly. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you into taking a sojourn here, maybe the fact that you can bring the family pooch too will.
Luxurious comforts in the heart of Daylesford, VIC
Another luxurious spa country getaway, Piccadilly House sits just a block from the heart of Daylesford. This beautifully refurbished home dating back to the 1860s combines antique, vintage and modern luxuries to the result of one very stylish escape. The interiors are sumptuous and inviting – with cushiony lounges to laze on, soft throws to curl under and plush beds to sink into. Start your days by digging into the arrival hamper of regional treats, and then wander down the road to explore the eclectic shopping, dining and day spas on the main street.
Luxury for nature lovers in the Huon Valley, TAS
The Peninsula definitely lives up to its name – at the base of the Huon Valley, this luxury escape sits on a headland spanning 250-acres that is all yours. Fronted by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Port Esperance Bay, this stunning turn-of-the-century farmhouse combines old and new for a one-of-a-kind experience with incredible views. Once stocked up with local oysters and fizz from nearby Dover, sink into the decadent Jacuzzi on the wraparound deck and enjoy. There are five walking tracks to explore on this huge site and a guidebook details what can be found along each. Traverse the paddocks and woodlands to hidden coves where you can splash about in the clear southern ocean.
A luxury bed and breakfast in High Country, VIC
The Buckland Luxury Retreat is the most indulgent bed and breakfast you will find. Everything about these five architect-designed villas is perfect for romance – there’s wine in the fridge, a sumptuous bed, three pillow types to choose from (your head will rest JUST right, guaranteed), freshly ground coffee in the espresso machine for late mornings, and massive floor-to-ceiling windows capturing views of the Buckland Valley and Buffalo Range that will knock your socks off. If we were forced to choose one, we’d choose ‘Number 5’, where a deep tub allows L’Occitane lathered soaking with a view of Bright’s alpine forests.
A luxurious retreat in the rainforest, QLD
The Cassowary is a hidden gem in tropical Port Douglas, elevated above the trees to offer spectacular vistas of Mount Demi and Thornton's peak. With an infinity pool overlooking the rainforest, a balcony that borders the entire house and floor-to-ceiling glass doors in each room, you’ll be connected to the gorgeous scenery even while lazing about indoors. Inside is just as lush, with rich teak furniture, colourful accents and oil canvas artworks that reflect the natural surrounds. While this luxurious retreat nestled in the wilderness feels super secluded, it’s positioned with easy access to The Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef.
Inspired eco-luxury in Mount Beauty, VIC
Situated in Mount Beauty at the foothills of the Bogong ranges, Falls Creek and Alpine National Park, this mountain getaway includes five-acres of lush gardens framed by high plains. Dreamers Mountain Village is the brainchild of creative power couple Mal and Wendy Lee – bring together an eco-architect and a talented designer, and the result is one unique, luxury retreat. This collection of separate apartments and chalets each has a distinct style. For the ultimate indulgence book ‘The Penthouse’, which comes with its own stonewalled secret outdoor spa.
Beachfront luxury near the Margaret River, WA
With Western Australia’s incredible swells crashing just beyond your doorstep and the Margaret River a 10-minute trip away, this sublimely cool beach house has all the makings of a luxurious retreat. Every room in this spacious home includes designer furnishings and artworks, and breathtaking ocean views. Prop your head over the lap pool’s edge and watch the waves roll, letting the Seahorse Beach House work its relaxing magic. Getaways don’t get any classier than this.
A luxurious garden estate in the Dandenong Ranges, VIC
Just an hour from Melbourne, in the Olinda Village area of the Dandenong Ranges, is Beechmont Garden Retreat. As the name suggests, this hilltop haven is complete with an expanse of beautifully landscaped gardens. This spacious, elegant home will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a country living glossy. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows capture the gorgeous estate, and the greenery extends inside with impressive bouquets by well-known Melbourne florist ‘Flowers Vasette’.
A little too aspirational? Why not check out our collection of budget (though still beautiful) accommodation. We’ve got all sorts.